Anti-Fracking March on Kent City Hall

Feb 11, 2012 – 11:00 am
The Kent Stage
175 E. Main St.
Kent    (Directions)

Anti-Fracking March on Kent City Hall

When: Feb 11 – 11 a.m.

Where: Beginning at the Kent Stage

“I have zero bills”

Updated: Friday, January 16 2015, 06:21 PM EST CAMERON, WV

Imagine never having to pay a utility bill. One man is living that dream in Cameron with a solar-powered home and farm. On Friday — “Shout out for Solar Day” — he showed his property to NEWS9’s cameras.

Richard Niehaus is saving thousands of dollars by running his entire farm on solar energy. In the last 3.5 years, he says he’s produced more than $13,000 in electric. Meanwhile, he hasn’t paid any utility companies a cent. Welcome to Big Cove Farm, operated entirely on solar energy.

“It just makes common sense if we take the sun’s energy and convert it into a form that we could use,” Neihaus said. “It makes sense. It’s more efficient to do it that way and more friendly for the environment.”

Niehaus was a science teacher.  He’s now an electrician and a farmer.  He took workshops on how to install solar panels on top of the roof of his barn. The cost was around $66,000. He says they will be paid for in about 10 more years, but right now… “I have zero bills,” he said. Niehaus says when it isn’t sunny, he is still producing energy, but sometimes he gets his power from “the grid.” It’s power he’s already donated to the world. “I am generating about 1/3 more energy than I need,” he said. “The rest of course goes back to the grid, and I get credit for it. “Even on a cloudy day, unless they are completely snow covered with a couple inches of snow, I will generate energy.”

This is the second year for “Shout out for Solar Day.” The day is to draw attention to the benefits of solar energy.

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